Marc Marquez on record pace in Qatar practice
Qatar Grand Prix

Marc Marquez on record pace in Qatar practice

09/03/2019

Honda's five times MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez set a record pace in practice for the season-opening night race in Qatar on Friday despite still recovering from major shoulder surgery.

The Spaniard, who has a new team mate this season in compatriot and triple champion Jorge Lorenzo, lapped the floodlit Losail circuit inside the lap record with a best time of one minute 53.380 seconds in the second session.

Spaniard Maverick Vinales was second fastest for the factory Yamaha team, but nearly half a second slower.

"It was a really positive day," said Marquez, who had surgery in December.

"The lap was fast but the most important thing is our rhythm. We still need to work a little bit on this but we’re finding our way and (we're) happy with how today ended.

"Normally we struggle a lot at this circuit but we are there more or less."

Lorenzo, who has moved from Ducati to take the place of Dani Pedrosa and is also not 100 percent fit after surgery, was second fastest in the opening session but dropped to 11th at the end of the day.

The 31-year-old said he was also happy with the way the bike was handling and felt confident and comfortable on it.

"We have a lot of potential and (are) working well and I believe we can arrive there... I have the feeling we can be very competitive with the right setting."

Italian great Valentino Rossi, racing into his 40th year, was fastest in the first session for Yamaha and the only rider not to go faster in the evening when he ended up 16th on the combined timesheets.

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